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Peripheral Neuropathy and Symptoms. Article No. 2

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Peripheral neuropathy and symptoms started to really bother me around 2010, maybe the end of 2012. I'm not sure.

But I am sure of one thing: since the blessed neuropathy and its pains began to “make me miserable”, the memories of days, or even afternoons without disturbances, and how many nights I spent here, on this table, with my eyes pricked on this screen, are rare. less ability to do anything and viscerally unable to sleep.

Look. I affirm, confirm and reaffirm

There Living with HIV. But living with him is much better!

Nperipheral europatia and Symptom.

Symptoms vary according to the type of peripheral neuropathy and can develop quickly or slowly.

The main categories of peripheral neuropathy include:

  1. sensory neuropathy - damage to nerves that transmit messages of touch, temperature, pain and other sensations in the brain

  2. harmful neuropathy to the nerves that control autonomous motor functions;

  3. autonomic neuropathy of damage to nerve fibers that involuntarily control bodily processes, such as digestion, bladder function and blood pressure control;

  4. mononeuropathy - damage to a single nerve outside the central nervous system - (difficult is, I know, when it comes to the “tri-twin” nerve

In many cases, someone with peripheral neuropathy may have more than one of these categories of peripheral neuropathy at the same time.

A combination of sensory and motor neuropathy is particularly common (sensorimotor polyneuropathy).


Sensory neuropathy

Symptoms of sensory neuropathy can include:

  • pain such as pins and needles in the affected body part;

  • numbness (paresthesia) and less ability to feel pain or changes in temperature, especially in the feet;

  • a burning or strong feeling, and pain, usually in the feet and other places (hyperesthesia)

  • Vivid and excruciating pains for something that does not exist and would not be painful; *** My observation 

  • loss of balance or coordination caused by a lesser ability to distinguish the position of the feet or hands;

Motor neuropathy

Symptoms of motor neuropathy can include:

  • muscle spasms and cramps;

  • muscle weakness or paralysis (the link opens in another tab, another website, in English) thatfetate one or more muscles;

  • loss of muscle mass;

  • difficulty raising the front of the foot and toes, particularly noticeable when walking (foot drop)

In my case the hands

Neuropatia Periférica e Sintomas. Artigo Nº 2, Blog Soropositivo.Org


Autonomic neuropathy

Symptoms of autonomic neuropathy can include:


Depending on the specific nerve affected, symptoms of mononeuropathy can include:

  • altered feeling or weakness in the fingers

  • double vision or other problems with focusing the eyes, sometimes with eye pain

  • weakness on one side of the face (Bell's palsy)

  • pain in the feet or shins, weakness or feeling of change

The most common type of mononeuropathy is carpal tunnel syndrome. The carpal tunnel is a small tunnel in your wrist.

In carpal tunnel syndrome, the nerve median gets compressed where it passes through this tunnel, which can cause tingling, pain or numbness in the fingers.

Translated by Cláudio Souza on 29/04/2020 from the original in Symptoms

Reviewed by Mara Mac.

Page last reviewed on: April 24, 2019 Next revision: April 24, 2022

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